Rachel Bachrach, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
U-M Addiction Center


Rachel L. Bachrach is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry as well as a Research Scientist with the VA Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Dr. Bachrach’s program of research emphasizes the study of unhealthy alcohol use and its comorbidities, as well as investigating its determinants, consequences, factors that influence receipt of evidence-based care, and implementation strategies to improve equitable access to alcohol-related and other substance use care. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate questions of interest. 

She received a VA Health Services Research and Development Career Development Award in 2020 (CDA; K2HX003087) to develop, refine, and pilot an implementation intervention – practice facilitation – aiming to improve the uptake of evidence-based alcohol-related care (i.e., screening, brief counseling interventions, pharmacotherapy, and referral to integrated behavioral health and specialty substance use treatment) in a primary care setting. Dr. Bachrach was selected as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2023 and a Fellow with the Implementation Research Institute (2023-2025).

Areas of Interest

  • Leverage implementation science theory/frameworks to improve adoption and reach of evidence-based treatment for patients with alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Reduce disparities in care for those with alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Investigate the etiology of unhealthy alcohol use and its comorbidities


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York